Open paddle planned
Country Ski & Sports in Montoursville is organizing an open paddle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week and through the season. The event is not a class. It will meet at the Greevy boat launch.
For more information, call the store.
Group plans canoe, kayak races
The local chapter of PACK (Pennsylvania Canoe and Kayak) will hold several canoe and kayak races in the area this summer. Events include:
Today - Third annual Keystone Challenge, a 40-mile race and 15-mile relay race, starts at Bald Eagle State Park and ends at Haywood's on the Water
Aug. 11-17 - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven
Oct. 5 - PACK Fall Foliage in Castanea
Chase and count butterflies at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - All across the nation, volunteers are joining to count numbers and species of butterflies in designated locations. Why not volunteer with members of the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association and help survey butterflies on and around the Montour Preserve? The butterfly count will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
The annual July count gathers information on the range and populations numbers of butterfly species in the area. It is a great opportunity to get involved and learn about these beautiful insects.
If you would like to help with this year's count, plan to spend part or all of the day outdoors at the preserve. Bring binoculars and a field guide, as well as water and a lunch. The butterfly chapter will meet at 2 p.m. to share results, and the meeting is open to the public.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour, and click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
Fish commission to meet this week
HARRISBURG - The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold its quarterly business meeting on Monday and Tuesday at its headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Ave. It is open to the public.
Committees will meet at 10:15 a.m. Monday and again at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Formal consideration of the agenda by the full commission will begin at about 9:10 a.m. Tuesday.
Also, at 7 p.m. Monday, Executive Director John Arway will present the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award to former Sen. Franklin Kury to recognize his lasting conservation impact as the author and champion of Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, also known as the Environmental Rights Amendment.
The Abele Award is the highest recognition the commission provides to persons who distinguish themselves in the cause of conservation.
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the agency's website at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.
Register this week for bass tournament
Anglers must register by Tuesday for the third annual Tackle Shack Three-Day Bass Tournament on July 25, 26 and 27. It is sponsored by the Tackle Shack and the Tioga County Bass Anglers.
The tournament will be held on three lakes: Cowanesque Lake on July 25; Tioga Lake on July 26; and Hammond Lake on July 27.
One champion will be crowned, and the winner will be drawn at the final weigh-in on July 27.
The tournament will begin at 4:30 a.m. each day and the boat check-in will be held at the corresponding lake in which the tournament is taking place.
Launch time begins at 6 a.m. and weigh-ins are at 2 p.m.
An entry fee and lunker fee applies for each team.
The tournament will have an 80-percent money payback with 100 percent in lunker payback. All contestants will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Tackle Shack gift card.
For more information and to register, call Don Kelly at 570-724-5138 or visit www.wellsborotackleshack.com/tackleshackopen.
Prowl the Sproul this coming weekend
The Keystone Trails Association will hold the 11th annual Prowl the Sproul hiking weekend Friday through next Sunday in the Sproul State Forest, western Clinton County.
The Sproul contains some of the most rugged and remote forestland in Pennsylvania. Guides and KTA volunteer hike leaders will share insider knowledge of the trails while they lead hikers off the beaten path to explore. Popular area hikes include the Chuck Keiper Trail, the Donut Hole Trail, the Hammersley Wild Area and portions of the Hyner View Trail Challenge course. This year, a variety of "cool" hike options will be offered for hikers seeking refuge from Pennsylvania's typically hot and humid summer weather.
The Prowl the Sproul 10K will be held Saturday. To register, contact Craig Fleming at 814-321-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a walk and see summer wildflowers
WASHINGTONVILLE - The summer sun brings splashes of color to fields and meadows in the form of wildflowers. These sun-lovers add their beauty to the summer landscape. They also provide food and shelter for a variety of insects and birds.
From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, take a leisurely stroll along the trails at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve and explore the identity, natural history and folklore of summer wildflowers. Staff will discuss the role they play in the ecosystem.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour, and then click on Contacts and Directions.
For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
Learn how to fish for free
SLATE RUN - The state Fish and Boat Commission, with help from several collaborative partners, are offering two separate Family Fishing programs on Saturday. The free programs will run simultaneously from noon to 5 p.m. at Tombs Flat along Pine Creek in Lycoming County.
The Family Spin Fishing program will introduce families to the use of spinning gear to catch trout. Participants will have the opportunity to use spinners and other lures.
The Family Fly Fishing program will introduce families to the use of fly fishing gear to catch trout.
The programs result from a partnership between Slate Run Tackle Shop, the commission, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, local Trout Unlimited chapters, and local volunteers. Participants will receive hands-on instruction from the partners.
All equipment is provided. Both programs include instruction on equipment, casting, lures or flies, knot-tying and on-water skills.
Using their new skills, participants can fly-fish or spinner-fish for freshly stocked brown trout. The stocking is courtesy of Slate Run Tackle Shop, which also will provide voluntary youth fishing license vouchers, a hot dog lunch and a fishing goodie bag.
The fishing license requirement is waived for participants age 16 and older. Children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by an adult. Adults wishing to attend must be accompanied by children because the programs are designed for families.
Registration is required by 4 p.m. Thursday at www.gonefishingpa.com.
For more information, contact Amidea Daniel at 814-359-5127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire company plans river cleanup
The Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co. is organizing a cleanup of the Susquehanna River beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Susquehanna Boat Club of Montgomery.
Scuba divers and shore volunteers are needed.
For more information or to register, contact Kaelyn Fogelman at 570-590-7785 or email email@example.com.
Rails to trails group plans events
SNOW SHOE - The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association is planning the following events:
Saturday - 12th annual Best Line Powersports/SSRTA chicken barbecue. Ride as you please, then return around 11:30 a.m. to Gillentown Trailhead for a chicken dinner. Take-outs available for $8.
Labor Day Weekend - Moose Dice Run on the SSRT. Members may register at Clarence Moose from 9 to 10 a.m. and return to Moose by 4 p.m. for last roll and meal.
Sept. 20 - Second annual Carns Equipment/SSRT pig roast dinner ride. Ride as you please and return to Gillentown Trailhead for dinner. Eat in or take out for $8.
Library to hold program about Lyme disease
The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Third St., will hold a program on Lyme disease at 6 p.m. July 21 in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing.
Each year, nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control by state health departments and the District of Columbia.
However, that number does not reflect all the cases of Lyme disease that occur in the United States every year. Lyme disease, one of the most common and widely tick-distributed bacteria, can go undetected in the blood (when using conventional lab tests) for about four to six weeks after infection.
The program will be presented by Affiniton, an environmental technology company. It is free and open to the public. Registration is suggested but not required.
For more information, or to register, go to www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536.
Audubon Society chapter to hold public picnic
WARRENSVILLE - The annual Lycoming Audubon Society picnic will be held at the pavilion at Rider Park at 6 p.m. July 23. Bring a dish to share as well as table service for yourself and join Lycoming Audubon members and visitors for a good meal and lively discussion.
Beverages and corn on the cob will be provided by the chapter. Also, bring binoculars if you want to join some of the group for a little evening birding following the meal.
The program is free and open to the public.
Furtaker gathering open to public
ARNOT - A furtaking and trapper gathering will be held July 26 at the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, 167 Elm St.
It begins with a cable restraint course from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should register in advance.
Lunch will be served at noon and will be provided by the club.
Free demonstrations will start at 1 p.m. They will include:
Cable restraints and dog-proof traps, by Herb Senderling;
Complete fur handling for raccoon, by Matt Kauffman;
Canines, by Joe Mast
Vendors and supply dealers will be on hand, include Smithy's Stretchers and Supplies and Pete's Fur Shed.
Special prizes will be given to young sportsmen who attend, and a drawing will be held for a lake fishing trip guided and donated by Bob Kelly. The club will award a variety of door prizes.
For more information, call Ron Signor at 570-638-2985.
Volunteers needed for local cleanups
Clinton County CleanScapes recently announced the following events:
July 26 - Tire removal project in Bald Eagle Creek, Clinton County. Water activity.
Sept. 6 - Tire removal project in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County. Water activity.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 570-726-3511; or call Rich Best, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, at 570-398-1458.
Register now for West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn
Aug. 6 is the last day to register for the West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn, a 64-mile exploration of the Susquehanna River and nearby trails. Scheduled for Aug. 13-17, the sojourn begins in Renovo and ends in Jersey Shore.
The five-day educational canoe, kayak and bicycle trip will give participants a unique look at life along the beautiful West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Along the way, local experts will share information on the area's history, wildlife and conservation efforts.
The final sojourn day, Aug. 17, will be a bicycle trip along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, which was voted as one of the "10 great places to take a bike tour" by USA Today. Bring your own bike and helmet, or request a loaner adult bike.
Full sojourn registration includes:
On-water guide service from Canoe Susquehanna
Safety and insurance
Shuttles and gear truck service
Scheduled programs and entertainment
Full registration is $285 for adults and $144 for kids 12 and under. Partial registration is $65 per day for adults and $33 per day for kids 12 and under.
For more information or to register, visit the website susquehannagreenway.org/west-branch-sojourn; email email@example.com; or call 570-522-7244.
Bass tournament set
SUNBURY - The Pennsylvania Bass Nation will hold an adult and youth Open Buddy Tournament on Aug. 24 at Shikellamy State Park.
Check-in and boat checks begin at 4:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at 2:30 p.m.
A team will consist of an adult 18 years or older and a minor 17 years and younger. Launch order will go by the date that entries were postmarked.
Plaques and prizes will be given out to the first-, second- and third-lace teams. The team that catches the biggest bass will receive fishing-related prizes.
An entry fee will be charged per team.
All applications must be postmarked by Aug. 11.
For rules and information, contact Ernie Watkins, youth director, at 717-315-8951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email email@example.com.
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